Friday, March 8, 2013

Snow Storm Saturn & My husband the genius

The snow storm hit just as predicted. We stocked up on the usual water, toilet paper, coffee, cat and dog food. We also filled the kerosene and diesel tanks, for heat and the tractor in case we needed to plow.

They predicted the hard snow would begin in my area around 3am Wednesday morning. Well, I'm not exactly sure when it started but by 3:30am Wednesday morning we were without power. By 8am we had around 6" of snow and it was suppose to continue through 8pm. Luckily it ended at our house around 4pm and only around 8" total.

Now it's Friday morning and still no power. The house has been staying at a steady 48 degrees. Saving the kerosene, we've been using it sparingly. But the serious problem...

How to heat water...and more importantly, how to make coffee!

It was too windy to fire up the gas or charcoal grill outside. My husband had an idea, probably not the safest, but in a pinch it'll work.

He build a little fire, using a soda can, perlite, and fire bricks - which we happen to have a stash of in the barn. (Please don't try this at home.)

For fuel he used Denatured Alcohol.

It took a while to heat up the water kettle; but in the mean time He found and dusted off the French Press.

And voila, we had coffee!
We're making a list of additional emergency items we should stock up on, until we can purchase a backup generator.

-Live Simple, Be Happy-
Magnolia Holler

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